31 January 2006

Big Cat Update:Maasai Mara, Kenya Tuesday 31st January 2006

Despite the biting drought, the Maasai Mara is still teeming with game. Contrary to some reports, in fact, there have been more animals in the Mara this month than there have been in January for many years. The wildebeest are still here, with many opting to have their calves in Kenya ”“ rather than their traditional birthing grounds in the southern Serengeti. Due to the poor rainfall and grass cover, the southern Serengeti has seen very few wildebeest this month, with most herds remaining in th…

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19 January 2006

Big Cat Update:Mara, Kenya Thursday 19th January 2006

The Maasai Mara has been abuzz with activity over the past week, and the Big Cat scene has been no exception. With the first of what is believed to be the short rains falling on the parched plains, the herbivores are becoming restless in anticipation of the first new shoots of grass sprouting over the coming days. The situation has been very bad, particularly for the poor hippos, many of which have been seen in the middle of the day, in temperatures of up to 35°C, frantically scrabbling for a f…

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18 January 2006

Migration Update - 18th January 2006

Last week saw the beginning of rain in the Serengeti with light scattered showers in most of the southern Serengeti area. This prompted the herds to start moving towards the short grass plains from the north and western corridor and sizeable numbers were seen coming through the Mbalageti valley and Seronera areas. The last three days have seen much heavier rain over most of the Serengeti. The wildies are very much on their way now and the first of the herds are already in the S Loliondo/Ndutu/G…

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12 January 2006

Big Cat Update:Mara, Kenya Wednesday 11th January 2006

Happy New Year, and welcome to our first Big Cat Update of 2006! There has been no shortage of predator action in the Maasai Mara in recent weeks ”“ fuelled by the extraordinary wildlife movements caused by the drought currently gripping much of East Africa. In particular, there remains an unusually large number of wildebeest and zebra inside the reserve, which have returned from their usual grazing grounds in the Serengeti due to the lack of grass there. Most of the herds are currently concent…

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09 January 2006

Migration Update - 9th January 2006

There has been no further significant rain since our last report (23rd December). The herds are still very spread out with no large numbers in any one place. Currently, the best areas to see the herds are the Western Corridor spread across to Lobo. If it continues to be very dry the migration may move further north again, but if the short grass plains get some good rains over the next week then the herds will definitely start to move in there.

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